Making a Storyboard
The creamy white thin card I’ve used for my storyboard looked a little stark so I washed it with coffee and then Gladwrap (Clingfilm) was crumpled on to the surface and left until the coffee stain was dry.
Once the wrap was removed I had a surface sympathetic to my theme. I lightly painted the other side with the same coffee mixture and found I had an interesting pattern around the outer edges where the coffee stain from the first side had travelled underneath. In fact, I liked it so much that I’ve used that side to create my storyboard and the outer side – which folds in two – has the crumpled stain look. I made several sheets like this and mounted some drawings on to spare pieces before applying them to the main sheet.
Fabric samples and yarn wraps were prepared and I made a few drawings in my sketchbook while deciding what to put onto the board itself.
Items were arranged, photographed and rearranged several times until a balanced outcome was achieved. I applied rivets to the two sheets which make up the storyboard, lacing them together with some of the string I had used during my natural dyeing experimentation. This provides a larger working size whilst still being able to fold and fit into my A3 postal satchel.
noun, plural syn·the·ses [sin-thuh-seez]
- the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis, ) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements.
- a complex whole formed by combining
My board incorporates:
- some source material.
- fabric and yarn samples.
- close up drawings of some sections of the piece
- a generalized schematic of the outcome. As sampling progresses the outcome is sure to evolve further.